Job Overview


About the Agency

The Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) works to promote safety, protect the environment, and conserve resources offshore through vigorous regulatory oversight and enforcement. For information about our bureau go to:

This position is located within the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs (OORP), Engineering Technology Assessment Center (ETAC), Houston, TX. As a Civil Engineer (Structural) the incumbent will work for the ETAC within the OORP. The ETAC strengthens BSEE’s ability to access novel and emerging technologies by keeping pace with an increasingly complex industry. The ETAC also serves as a technical liaison between BSEE and the Offshore Energy Safety Institute (OESI) to promote and facilitate joint industry projects (JIP) among the organizations. The duties in this position cover a wide range of engineering issues within the ETAC and the incumbent may be called upon to provide expert engineering reviews on any projects being administered by OORP or the ETAC. The incumbent serves in a program area that is highly visible to the public and important for maintaining the integrity and credibility of science and engineering decision making for BSEE as a regulatory agency. This position is directly related to the safety of operations and workers, protection of equipment and preservation of the environment as required by Congressional Laws and Federal regulations.

This vacancy may be used to fill additional positions as vacancies become available.

Salary Information
GS-15 $132,526 - $160,300 per annum. First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level.

This position will be an open continuous vacancy announcement for 1 month. Recruitment will continue through the closing date to fill positions as they become vacant. The best qualified candidates will be determined based on the applicant pool available at the first cut-off date (December 27, 2016). Applicants who apply prior to December 27, 2016 will receive first consideration. Final cut-off date will be as of the closing date of the announcement.

BSEE has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.


At the full performance level (GS-15) the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

1. Serves as ETAC’s principal advisor in meetings to ensure BSEE is knowledgeable of all structural designs used on oil and gas Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) structures and in developing research topics that will be contracted by the Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs (OORP) Contract Support Section.

2. Acts as Agency liaison to the other agencies on technical committees, task forces, workgroups and at meetings where Engineering Technology Assessment Center (ETAC) and oil and gas structural safety expertise may be required. Actively keeps abreast of current, relevant engineering practices and principles and the latest proposals within code organizations, classification societies and standards organizations to determine the impact on ETAC relative to offshore structures.

3. Independently develops appropriate policy and guidance on ETAC for OCS oil and gas structures; Provides oversight to ensure consistency in the implementation of research results; Tracks and ensures that the results of structural research contracts are reviewed and the technology is transferred to industry and other parties.

4. Serves as an expert and authoritative advisor on scientific review assessments of research and technological challenges on advanced oil and gas engineering and technology including: drilling and production risers; platform structures; floating production storage offloading vessels (FPSO); mobile offshore drilling units (MODU); determining and calculating the loads on structural components; assessment of meteorological ocean loads on structural components; impact of damage on structural performance reliability; and determination of structural component performance reliability (and impact of environment) as they pertain to ETAC operations, which affects national or international interests, the well-being of the public and the nation, and/or the sustainability of natural resources and environments.

5. Serves as an expert advisor on oil and gas structural engineering issues for conducting international technology assessments with respect to ETAC responsibilities.

6. Independently reviews and provides expertise on emerging technologies oil and gas research as related to ETAC and regulation development on advanced topics in areas of structural design, protection of offshore structures, subsea structural design, structure installation and maintenance with working knowledge of industry standards e.g. API, ASME, NACE and other appropriate documents.

7. Serves as an expert advisor and provides guidance on oil and gas structural engineering inspection protocols and the impact on ETAC. Provides guidance on OCS structure installation, structural modification, repairs, and decommissioning activity both above and below the water line.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel 1-5 nights per month.

Relocation Authorized

  • No